Nelly Sachs Wiki, Nelly Sachs Bio
Nelly Sachs Wiki: Nelly Sachs (10 December 1891 – 12 May 1970) was a Jewish German-Swedish poet and playwright.
Today’s Google doodle honors the 127th birthday of Nelly Sachs, Nelly Sachs was the Jewish poet and refugee from Germany who wins the Nobel Prize in literature with sharing the Israeli writer S.Y. Agnon in 1966
Her experiences resulting from the rise of the Nazis in World War II Europe transformed her into a poignant spokesperson for the grief and yearnings of her fellow Jewish people. Her best-known play is Eli: Ein Mysterienspiel vom Leiden Israels (1950); other works include the poems “Zeichen im Sand” (1962), “Verzauberung” (1970), and the collections of poetry In den Wohnungen des Todes (1947), Flucht und Verwandlung (1959), Fahrt ins Staublose (1961), and Suche nach Lebenden (1971). Nelly Sachs was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1966.
Nelly Sachs Life and career
Nelly Sachs was born in Berlin-Schöneberg, Germany, in 1891 to a Jewish family. Her parents were the wealthy natural rubber and gutta-percha manufacturers Georg William Sachs (1858–1930) and his wife Margarete, née Karger (1871–1950). Nelly Sachs was educated at home because of frail health. Nelly Sachs showed early signs of talent as a dancer, but her protective parents did not encourage her to pursue a profession. Nelly Sachs grew up as a very sheltered, introverted young woman and never married. Nelly Sachs pursued an extensive correspondence with her friends Selma Lagerlöf and Hilde Domin. As the Nazis took power, Nelly Sachs became increasingly terrified, at one point losing the ability to speak, as Nelly Sachs would remember in verse: “When the great terror came/I fell dumb.” Sachs fled with her aged mother to Sweden in 1940. It was her friendship with Lagerlöf that saved their lives: shortly before her own death Lagerlöf intervened with the Swedish royal family to secure their release from Germany. Sachs and her mother escaped on the last flight from Nazi Germany to Sweden, a week before Sachs was scheduled to report to a concentration camp. They settled in Sweden and Sachs became a Swedish citizen in 1952.
Living in a tiny two-room apartment in Stockholm, Sachs cared alone for her mother for many years and supported their existence by translations between Swedish and German. After her mother’s death, Sachs suffered several nervous breakdowns characterized by hallucinations, paranoia, and delusions of persecution by Nazis, and Nelly Sachs spent a number of years in a mental institution. Nelly Sachs continued to write even while hospitalized. Nelly Sachs eventually recovered sufficiently to live on her own, though her mental health would always be fragile. Her worst breakdown was ostensibly precipitated by hearing German speech during a trip to Switzerland to accept a literary prize. However, Nelly Sachs maintained a forgiving attitude toward a younger generation of Germans, and corresponded with many German-speaking writers of the postwar period, including Hans Magnus Enzensberger and Ingeborg Bachmann.
Nelly Sachs Google Doodle
On the 127th anniversary of her birthday, 10 December 2018, Nelly Sachs was commemorated with a Google Doodle in parts of Europe and the US.